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Washington Column Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 4,000'
Location: 37.7479, -119.5601 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Josh Janes on Jun 15, 2006
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Description 

Washington Column stands at the eastern end of the Valley, on the north side. Supposedly, it was so named because from some point of view, the rock appears to look like George Washington.

The most popular routes on this formation are the South Face (5.7 A1), many climber's first-time big wall, and Astroman (5.11c), the world-famous free route on the east face. In recent years, other routes like Skull Queen (5.8 C2) have gained in popularity.

Getting There 

The Column is found on the east end of the Valley, just east of the Ahwahnee Hotel. It used to be you could park at the Ahwahnee and hoof over to the Column on the bike path, but I've heard recently that you can't park there anymore (permit req'd?). Maybe someone can post up the current beta...

Climbing Season



Weather station 0.4 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',7],['5.9',0],['5.10',2],['5.11',2],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Washington Column

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Washington Column:
South Face   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C1     Trad, Aid, 11 pitches, 1200'   
The Prow   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C2     Trad, Aid, 12 pitches, 1200'   
Skull Queen   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C2     Trad, Aid, 12 pitches, 1200'   
Mideast Crisis   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c A2     Trad, Aid, 13 pitches   
Southern Man   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a A1-2     Trad, Aid, 8 pitches, 800'   
Jo Jo    5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 85'   
Astroman   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 10 pitches, 1000'   
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Jo Jo 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  California : Yosemite National Park : ... : Washington Column
This thing is about as splitter as splitter gets. Starts out at fingers for a few feet and then hands for a loooong way, to wide hands, to fist and then maybe an OW move or two at the top. Crux is not getting pumped. If you're a Indian Creek hardman, this thing will be pretty simple business....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of Washington Column Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking at Washington Column from my tent steps on...
Looking at Washington Column from my tent steps on...
Rock Climbing Photo: Little Rattle Snake on the approach to Washington ...
Little Rattle Snake on the approach to Washington ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Electric Ladyland, Stretch, AKA, Steve Ortner with...
Electric Ladyland, Stretch, AKA, Steve Ortner with...
Rock Climbing Photo: Boulering near the base of Washingtons Column
Boulering near the base of Washingtons Column
Rock Climbing Photo: Washington Column
Washington Column
Rock Climbing Photo: Kor Roof
Kor Roof
Rock Climbing Photo: Travis Strong organizing the belay, P4 of "Sk...
Travis Strong organizing the belay, P4 of "Sk...
Rock Climbing Photo: the next morning
the next morning
Rock Climbing Photo: "Space Case" 5.10c. A short route at the...
"Space Case" 5.10c. A short route at the...
Rock Climbing Photo: Dinner Ledge
Dinner Ledge
Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch 5
Pitch 5
Rock Climbing Photo: Washington Column and North Dome. Photo By Blitzo.
Washington Column and North Dome. Photo By Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Tim on the South Face
Tim on the South Face
Rock Climbing Photo: The Column, viewed from the Death Slabs under Half...
The Column, viewed from the Death Slabs under Half...
Rock Climbing Photo: The prow P1 via jojo
The prow P1 via jojo
Rock Climbing Photo: A long way to go...
A long way to go...

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By Osprey Overhang
From: ...
May 3, 2010
Perfect winter aid routes on the south side. This wall dries up quicker than you would think after a February snow storm.

It is possible for a motivated party to climb Southern Man, South Face , and Skull Queen with in one sunny winter week with out seeing another party the entire time.
By Kelsey Bohanon
From: Glenwood Springs, CO
May 15, 2015
Found iPhone 4 w/ accessories, most likely dropped off the prow on 5/10/15, call/ text to identify: Kelsey 9709871970
By donald perry
From: New Jersey
Dec 17, 2016
I went to do the South Face of Washington Column and almost got hit with around 6 brick size rocks around 2001. Someone said there is a lot of lose rock on the last pitch. Does anyone have any photos of where these rocks come from? Since that time I have been afraid to get anywhere near the place.
By leo qiu
From: Davis, CA
Jan 13, 2017
Could anyone provide an update on SF of washing column? I am thinking about going there this weekend...

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